Born in southern California, Lori Wylie’s first artistic talent emerged through music. She was blessed with musical parents who encouraged her to move forward in the arts by pursuing her love for the violin and piano. The family moved to the Sacramento area when she was 12, at which time she designed, created and sold unique jewelry pieces. Lori studied at California State University at Sacramento where she taught flute while working on her Bachelor’s in Music, studied art history, and played flute and piccolo in the Camellia Symphony Orchestra.
"The years I spent training in classical music and improvisational jazz prepared me for my journey in fine art. I've had no formal schooling in painting or metal work and am self taught in my current medium which can be challenging when things don’t go as planned, yet very fulfilling when things come together. I have always been intrigued by transparent and illusionary images such as waves, clouds, sun rays and other subjects in nature. The ever changing beauty and complexity of creation is the foundation of inspiration behind my work.”
“Most of my current work revolves around nature on the breathtaking island of Maui, where I moved to in January, 2010. The joy of living in such stimulating beauty is a dream come true. The more I seek deeper vision in my subjects, the more the details arrive. The beauty of clouds and sun rays on this island with their endless colors are of great inspiration to me. One of my goals is to layer reflections of light in the metal, giving the skies depth and mystery. The ocean, particularly waves, has endless interpretation. Because waves are all different in size, motion, angles and color, they allow me the joy of creating transparent images, giving the work a great illusion of depth and layers not possible on any other substrate. Taking the liberty of twisting, splashing and ascending the water in unusual and surreal forms is continually exciting.”
It's been quite surprising to discover the three-dimensional effect the metal canvas produces. The different texturing and paints I blend together fools the eye into thinking the metal is thicker than it is. The work of Andreas Nottebohm, the father of illusionary painting on metal, has been a great source of inspiration. Using techniques similar to Nottebohm’s I continue to explore unusual techniques on several metals, projecting my love for nature.”